The State Street building that once housed the Coffee Pot sandwich shop in Bangor will soon be a thing of the past.The Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor purchased the building in February of 2010, and the board of directors for the retirement facility has approved tearing it down.They want to turn the lot where the Coffee Pot stood into a green space, to improve the look of their facility from State Street.Nelson Durgin, Executive Director of the Phillips-Strickland House, says they’d like the demolition to begin this spring.
Members of Greenpeace and other organizations gathered at the Federal Building in Bangor Thursday.They are urging Senator Susan Collins to support legislation aimed at making it safer for people who live near facilities that use potentially dangerous chemcials.If those chemicals ever leaked, they say thousands of people in Maine could be at risk.The group does report that many facilities made great strides to eliminate the use of chemicals like chlorine gas since September 11th, 2001.But that there are still a handful that haven’t yet converted.
Cherryfield Elementary School will not close, at least not this year.Superintendent David Beal says a motion to close it was voted down Wednesday night.He says the board was one vote away from closing the school.It’s the second time the board has voted on it.Beal says this will be the final vote on the matter this year.
Police are looking into a reported home invasion in Augusta.We’re told it happened at about 7 o’clock Wednesday night on the New England Road.There are reports that a man with a gun and something over his face burst into a home and held up three people.The victims told police the intruder made off with cash and some other items.However, police say everyone is not fully cooperating with them.Anyone with information is urged to call augusta police at 626-2370.
Calling all snowmobilers.It’s the first annual US Cross Country Snowmobile Championships.The races will take place in Greenville Junction at Bullwinkle’s Raceway this Saturday.It’s 5-dollars per person and free for children under 10.The race is being put on by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club.There will be a parade lap at 8:45 am and races will follow all day.There will also be local vendors on hand.For more information contact Judy Hayes at 695-3580 or 280-0044.
A public hearing will be held at the Skowhegan Middle School Thursday night.Up for discussion is the closure of the Cornville Elementary School, which is also in Skowhegan.MSAD 54 Superintendent Brent Colbry tells TV-5 the hearing will start at 6 pm and the vote will take place around 7:30.Colbry says they have a 2.3 million dollar deficit in their budget and closing the Cornville Elementary School would reduce that by nearly 7-hundred-thousand dollars.
There will be 40 new job openings at the Verizon Call Center in Bangor.Julie LaVertu from their human resource department tells TV-5 that the openings are a result of recently added positions.The Bangor center is the only one in northern New England.LaVertu says their employees take inbound calls from existing customers and answer questions about bills, features and benefits of their phones.She says any new hires will go through seven weeks of training and then 12 weeks of transition, with benefits starting right away.For more information about Verizon’s job openings go to their website www.verizonwireless.com/careers
Rod Rodreguez was in the TV5 Studios Thursday morning to talk about the Bangor City Art Walk 2010, and show us some of the pieces from his gallery, By Design on Harlow St., that will be displayed in the annual event.For more information on the art walk, or to find out what’s showing at the By Design gallery, give Rod a call at 947-8000
28 two man line crews from Central Maine Power are in New York to help restore power to those affected by this past weekend’s storm on Long Island.Eight supervisors, four safety specialists, six mechanics, and two coordinators also went from CMP to Long Island.The president of CMP says the company is just returning the favor after crews from as far away as Michigan and Florida came to Maine a few weeks ago when we had widespread power outages.Thousands of customers on Long Island are still without power after last weekend’s storm, crews hope to have that power restored by sometime on Thursday.
Nine military men and women who administered life-saving medical treatment to troops on the front lines were honored Wednesday at a ceremony in Washington D.C.Among them was a woman from Maine.Coast Guard member Erica Aberle of Brooklin was chosen to receive the Angels of the Battlefield award for her branch of the service.Those attending the ceremony included members of Congress and high-ranking officials from the Department of Defense.Aberle’s parents were also there to take it all in.